Lately, everyone I know has become obsessed with enneagram. This led me to my next thought. First Ladies of American history have left an incredible mark on our great nation, both in conjunction with and independent of their husbands. But what were they really like?

It may seem that these extraordinary women are unreachable. After all, what woman wouldn’t like to think of herself as stylish as Jackie Kennedy? But through the enneagram, maybe we can discover we share more in common with these legendary ladies than we think.

1 The Reformer: Betty Ford

Following Richard Nixon’s resignation, Betty Ford made it clear that she would do things a little differently from past First Ladies. She spoke openly on topics such as gender equality, premarital sex, divorce, and drugs. Ford was also an advocate for the arts and mental health, founding an alcohol and drug treatment center in California that bears her name. She was known for being headstrong and blunt, but worked for order and purposefulness.

2 The Helper: Laura Bush

A teacher and a librarian, Laura Bush brought her passion for education and nourishment of women and children to the White House when George W. Bush was elected in 2000. She also took several emergency relief and goodwill trips to Zambia, Myanmar, Senegal, Haiti and more. In addition to her numerous charitable acts and initiatives, Laura was revered for her numerous public appearances in which she reiterated the importance of kindness, love and service as an American and as a human being. Those who know her personally describe her as warm and friendly. You don’t need her number of honors and awards to tell you Laura Bush exemplifies 2s.

3 The Achiever: Lucy Hayes

Under her husband’s administration, the United States saw the conclusion of reconstruction following the Civil War, and Rutherford B. Hayes credited Lucy’s advocacy for African Americans to this. In fact, she invited the first African-American professional musician to appear at the White House. Lucy deliberately made the position of First Lady a more prominent one during her time in the White House. In fact, she used the ever growing presence of women in journalism professions to do it. She was the first First Lady to have a college degree and was the first First Lady to use a typewriter, a telephone, and a phonograph while in office. Efficient and ambitious, Lucy made many improvements to her title and the setting in which she held it.

4 The Individualist: Helen “Nellie” Taft

Her name is your first hint that William Howard Taft’s wife was unique. She was the first First Lady to own and drive a car, to ride in her husband’s inaugural parade, and to smoke cigarettes. Nellie also set a trend of publicly supporting women’s suffrage and successfully lobbied for safety standards in federal workplaces. The Tafts were not afraid to showcase their creative side, regularly attending symphony, opera, and theater performances in D.C. Nellie was also an avid reader and writer. She spent much of her free time in the White House library. Taft was the first First Lady to publish her memoirs. Nellie was intuitive and expressive and certainly put her personal mark on things both in Washington and in life.

5 The Investigator: Abigail Adams

The wife of second U.S. president John Adams and mother of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams, Abigail was an intellectual. She is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses, and she was his most trusted confidant. Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front. Abigail was perceptive, innovative and an asset in the formation of our governmental structure.

6 The Loyalist: Nancy Reagan

One of the longest lasting presidential marriages in history, Nancy remained loyal to her husband, Ronald. Through their time together in the Screen Actors Guild, two government terms of California and two presidencies, and following the attempt on her husband’s life in 1981, she pledged to be his protector. In addition to setting trends of White House glamour, she also launched the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign which proliferated pop culture of the 1980s. She also chose to have a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis in October 1987. This led to thousands of women across America having mammograms. An influential first lady, Nancy was also responsible and devoted in nature.

7 The Enthusiast: Julia Grant

After four years of war, an assassination and an impeachment trial, Julia Grant, the wife of eighteenth president Ulysses S. Grant was happy to grace the nation with high spirits. Following active and vocal involvement in her husband’s campaign, Julia became the ultimate hostess, throwing lavish events. Not only did she seek added prestige for the first ladyship, but she also worked to improve the stature of the wives of the diplomatic corps, the cabinet, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. She was a staunch defender of women’s rights. In fact, she refused to allow jokes at women’s expense to be told in her company.

8 The Challenger: Eleanor Roosevelt

FDR’s wife Eleanor was a standout all her own. A political figure, diplomat and civil rights activist, she served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. In classic 8 style, Eleanor was strategic and decisive and worked hard to fight the status quo for a better country.

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9 The Peacemaker: Dolley Madison

Though she is most noted for saving a portrait of George Washington when the British set fire to the White House in 1814 (she actually directed her personal slave Paul Jennings to save it), Dolley was noted for holding Washington social functions in which she invited members of both political parties. At that time, politics could often be a violent affair resulting in physical altercations and even duels, Madison helped to create the idea that members of each party could amicably socialize, network, and negotiate with each other without resulting in violence Essentially, Dolley coined the term bipartisanship before the word existed. This makes her the ultimate peacemaker.

These greatly successful women could probably fit in a variety of categories, in addition to the other thirty plus First Ladies that I did not include. Still, the facts remain the same. We’ve discovered something we never knew about each one of them. Now, we understand and appreciate them more for who they were.

So, according to your enneagram, which historic lady are you most like?

Marissa Johnson is a college junior from Springfield, IL and she is passionate about family, friends, theatre, animals and writing.

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